Celtic have recently been linked with a potential move for Clermont Foot striker Adrian Grbic, along with Old Firm rivals Rangers. But it appears neither side will be bringing him to Glasgow on the cheap.
Sky Sports reported recently that both Celtic and Rangers are keen on the player, along with Premier League side Brighton, after the Austrian’s impressive season in the French second-tier.
Grbic scored 17 goals in 26 Ligue 2 games as Clermont chased promotion to Ligue 1.
However, the season was cut short amid their promotion hunt and Grbic is now expected to be on his way.
Celtic and Rangers will not be getting a cut-price option, however. Clermont’s president Ahmet Schaefer has told France Bleu that the striker still has two years remaining on his current contract and, therefore, will not be sold on the cheap.
“This winter, there was a Bundesliga club and a Premier League bottom club that took an interest in him, with amounts never seen in my life before. I had to refuse them because we had the ambition of the climb in January. Seeing him go was not current.
“Everything that has happened recently is interesting. The Bundesliga has resumed. The club concerned has kept its relations. It will also open doors in England. There are a series of Ligue 1 clubs that are moving in interesting ways. But he still has two years of his contract, so we must see. “
Celtic and Rangers can, therefore, expect to be paying a similar fee if they want to secure the services of Grbic this summer and that may be a fee beyond their current means considering the global health crisis.
But should Celtic lose Odsonne Edouard or Rangers sell Alfredo Morelos, this summer, then suddenly Grbic might become a necessary expense and that £9 million might have to be spent.